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OneSouthCarolina Agenda



2:00 - 4:30 pm  Check-In/Registration

5:30 Reception: Southern hors d’oeuvres and cocktails (Sable Palm Room)

Soby’s New South Cuisine, Greenville, SC 

Devereaux’s, Greenville, SC

Conroy’s, Hilton Head, SC

7:00  Dinner (Ballroom ABC East)

Welcome and Remarks

Richard Riley, former South Carolina Governor and United States Secretary of Education


Marlena Smalls, Entertainer and Educator

Keynote: Why Poverty Must Be Part of Our Public Discourse

Rod Smolla, President, Furman University


8:00  Breakfast (Ballroom ABC East)

Welcome and Remarks

Don Gordon, Executive Director, the Riley Institute at Furman

Remarks on Diversity Blind Spots

Juan Johnson, President, Juan Johnson Consulting and Facilitation; DLI facilitator

About South Carolina Traditions at OneSouthCarolina

Ken May, Executive Director, South Carolina Arts Commission

9:00  Break

9:15  Prime Indicators: The Intersection of Poverty & Healthcare in South Carolina  (J West)

A Tale of Two South Carolinas

Don Gordon

Healthcare, Poverty and Equity in South Carolina

Ray Greenberg, President, Medical University of South Carolina

10:15  Creative Break (Gallery)

Exhibit and Demonstration: South Carolina Traditions

curated by Susan DuPlessis and Sara June Goldstein, South Carolina Arts Commission

10:40  Prime Indicators, continued (J West)

Panel: Healthcare, Poverty and Equity on the Ground in South Carolina

Roland Gardner, CEO, Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services

Ed Sellers, Chair, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina; S.C. Council on Competitiveness

Carolyn Wong Simpkins, Clinical Director and General Manager, BMJ Group North America

Moderator: Mark Quinn, Director, Public and Member Relations, Electric Cooperatives of SC

11:25  Southern Foodways

A Multimedia Exploration of Southern Foodways

John T. Edge, Director, Southern Foodways Alliance

Noon  Break

12:15  Lunch (Ballroom ABC East)

Trajectory 2030: Implications for South Carolina’s Future Competitiveness

Doug Woodward, Director, Division of Research and Professor of Economics, the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina

1:15  Break

1:30  Prime Indicators: The Intersection of Poverty and Education in South Carolina (J West)

Education, Poverty and Equity in South Carolina

Steve Morrison, Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough

Panel: Education, Poverty and Equity on the Ground in South Carolina

Terry Peterson, Senior Fellow, College of Charleston; Board Chair, Afterschool Alliance

Gerrita Postlewait, immediate past Chair, South Carolina Board of Education

John Simpkins, Fellow, Charleston School of Law; Of Counsel, Wyche P.A.

Fred Washington, Chair, Beaufort County Board of Education

Moderator: Mark Quinn

3:00  OneSouthCarolina: DLI in Action

About DLI in Action

Jill Fuson, Manager of Policy Events and Conferences, the Riley Institute at Furman


Deb Campeau, Assistant Vice President, Business Development, Trident Health System

Healthy SChools

Mitch Kennedy, Community Services Director, City of Spartanburg

Choose to Read Project

Susan DeVenny, Executive Director, South Carolina First Steps

Putting Teen Pregnancy on Pause

Forrest Alton, Chief Executive Officer, South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

4:00  Break before the evening’s festivities!

5:30   Reception and Oyster Roast (Oceanfront Patio)

Oyster Roast by Ben Moise, Mount Pleasant, SC

6:30  Dinner: Hands-on Exploration of Southern Foodways (Oceanfront Patio)

Barbecue by Scott’s BBQ, Hemingway, SC and Henry’s Smokehouse, Greenville, SC

Lowcountry Boil by Conroy’s, Hilton Head, SC


Benny Walker, Senior Fellow, Diversity Leaders Initiative


Freddie Vanderford and the Shades


Building an Inclusive, World Class State: South Carolina 2030

8:30  DLI in Action: Breakfast Breakouts

Text4BabySC (Ballroom I)

Healthy SChools (Ballroom G)

Choose to Read Project (Ballroom H)

Putting Teen Pregnancy on Pause (Ballroom D)

9:45  Break

10:00  Closing Session (J West)

Imagining an Inclusive World Class State

John Baldacci, former Maine Governor and United States Congressman

Capstone Team Drawing

Calder Ehrmann, Senior Fellow, Diversity Leaders Initiative

Closing Remarks

Richard Riley


Marlena Smalls and the Hallelujah Singers

11:00  Adjourn